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Amphibians

Spotted Salamander in Monson (2007)

Amphibians, part of Maine’s wildlife population, are cold-blooded vertebrate (having a backbone) animals usually living on land but breeding in water, where their offspring change into adults. Salamanders An example of a Maine amphibian is the Spotted Salamander. It breeds … Continue reading

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Andover

Location Map for Andover

The Appalachian Trail crosses B Hill Road in nearby Andover North Surplus. AT&T built the Telstar satellite station here in the 1960s. Community photos. Native American Molly Ockett was buried in an unmarked grave in Andover’s Woodlawn Cemetery in 1816. Continue reading

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Andover North Surplus TWP

1945 Topographic Map with AT Path

Is a township immediately southeast of Township C, host to the next northerly section of the Appalachian Trail. The “surplus” indicates that it did not fit easily into the original township layout of the state, thus the ten-mile by three-mile … Continue reading

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Andover West Surplus TWP

Andover West Surplus 1945 Topographic Map

The township is immediately southwest of Andover North Surplus, host to the next northerly section of the Appalachian Trail. The Trail tracks the northwest corner of the township near the northeast slope of Little Bald Pate Mountain. In 1945, (the … Continue reading

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Appalachian Trail

National Park Service Map of the AT in Maine

I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least—and it is commonly more than that—sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements. … Continue reading

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Appalachian Trail -Springer Mountain Georgia

Parking Lot on Springer Mountain

APPALACHIAN TRAIL – SPRINGER MOUNTAIN GEORGIA Here in the Chattahoochee National Forest on Springer Mountain is where the Appalachian Trail begins for the “north bounders” as they trek to Katahdin in Maine’s Baxter State Park. Often they are dropped off … Continue reading

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Appalachian Trail Map

This is a clickable map of the Appalachian Trail in Maine, covering each of the 36 towns and townships through which the trail passes. Photos, maps, and videos illustrate the route. Continue reading

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Appalachian Trail Relief: Magic, Gifts and Supplies

AT Cafe in Millinocket (2014)

According to the Oxford English Reference Dictionary “magic” may mean “an inexplicable or remarkable influence producing surprising results.” For hikers of the Appalachian Trail it means relief from the weary, but rewarding, trek for many miles for many days. Sometimes … Continue reading

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August 14

Chimney Pond in Baxter State Park (August 2001)

August 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1635 The vessel Angel Gabriel was wrecked at … Continue reading

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Avery, Myron

Avery Peak from West Peak, Bigelow

Tireless worker to complete the Appalachian Trail, Myron Avery (1899-1952), born in Lubec, was a navy veteran of two world wars, and was awarded The Legion of Merit. Avery Peak on Bigelow Mountain was named in his honor. Continue reading

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Bald Mountain Township T2 R3 BKP EKR

Moxie Bog

is in mid-eastern Somerset County immediately west of Blanchard, host to the next northerly section of the Appalachian Trail. It should not be confused with Bald Mountain Township T4 R3 NBKP, in northwestern Somerset County north of Moose River. Access … Continue reading

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Black Bear

Bear feces on Lost Pond Trail in Baxter State Park (2005)

text by Craig McLaughlin Wildlife Biologist, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Bear Facts Physical Characteristics The black bear, featured above at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, is the smallest of the three species of bears inhabiting North … Continue reading

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Blanchard Township

Location Map for Blanchard

In the northern portion, the Appalachian Trail crosses the township following Bald Mountain Stream and the Piscataquis River, passing just north of the village, which is near the river and is accessible on the Blanchard Road from Monson village. See maps and photos. Continue reading

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Bowdoin College Grant East TWP

Location Map for Bowdoin College East TWP

The township is home to First and Second Little Lyford Ponds, an Appalachian Mountain Club lodge on the site of an historic logging camp, and an extensive section of the Appalachian Trail. The ponds and lodge are east of Greenville … Continue reading

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Bowtown Township

Location Map Bowtown TWP

Bowtown Township is bound by the Kennebec River on the east for six miles, across the river from The Forks, and by the Dead River on the north. Dead River Mountain and Otter Pond Mountain reside within the township. Known … Continue reading

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Caratunk

Location Map for Caratunk

in Somerset County lies 40 miles north of Skowhegan on the Kennebec River, where both Pierce Pond Stream and Pleasant Pond Stream enter. The Appalachian Trail crosses the river aided by a canoe shuttle. Benedick Arnold marched through on his way to Quebec. See video and photos. Continue reading

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Carrabassett Valley

Location Map for Carrabassett Valley

Home to Sugarloaf Mountain and its ski area, it has many related seasonal homes. The population has exploded in the latest census decade. A “ski academy” and a small airport are two enterprises based on the skiing economy. The Appalachian Trail passes north-south through the community along the western side of North and South Crocker Mountains. See video and photos. Continue reading

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Carrying Place Township

South on the Bowtown Road in the Township (2007)

The township is immediately west of the Kennebec River, across from Caratunk, host to the next northerly section of the Appalachian Trail.  Access by road begins across the river from Bingham. A right turn  brings one to the Carry Pond … Continue reading

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Carrying Place Town TWP

Historic Topographic Map of T2 R3 (1956)

Appalachian Trail routes from details of a 1956 Historic Topographic Map. This township is technically known as T2 R3 BKP WKR. The latter initials mean Binghham’s Kennebec Purchase West of the Kennebec River. The township (Not to be confused with … Continue reading

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Dead River TWP

Myron Avery Memorial (2003)

The township is immediately west of Carrying Place Town Township, host to the next northerly section of the AT. Little Bigelow Mountain, Myron H. Avery Peak, and West Peak challenge Appalachian Trail hikers. Bigelow Public Reserve Land, through which the … Continue reading

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Elliotsville Township

View from the Trail

was incorporated as a town, February 19, 1835 but its incorporation was repealed May 26, 1858. Later reorganized as a plantation, January 3, 1887, it was deorganized March 31, 1983. Elliottsville is home to more than a dozen small ponds … Continue reading

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Ferries

Steve Longley "Ferryman" (2007)

Inland Ferries One atypical ferry operates on the Kennebec River at Caratunk, where Appalachian Trail hikers are provided sake passage across. Crossing rivers was important to commerce and transportation even in the early decades of the 20th century. Some were … Continue reading

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Forks Plantation, The

Location Map for The Forks

The Forks village is at the confluence of the Kennebec and Dead Rivers. Appalachian Trail southbound hikers enter from Caratunk at the southeast corner at the very southern tip of Moxie Pond, trekking over Middle Mountain, then north of Pleasant Pond over Pleasant Pond Mountain before reentering Caratunk. Continue reading

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Franklin County Nature Preserves

Pond in Bigelow Preserve (2003)

Bald Mountain Public Reserved Land, Rangeley. Bald Mountain’s one mile trail to the summit offers panoramic views of Rangeley, Cupsuptic and Mooselookmeguntic lakes and the Height of Land. Especially popular in the fall with autumn colors, the area contains more … Continue reading

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Grafton TWP

Location Map for Grafton TWP

Grafton Notch State Park features the Notch formed by Old Speck Mountain and Baldpate Mountain on the Appalachian Trail. In the Notch, Screw Auger Falls has worn deep holes into solid rock by the swirling water of the Bear River. Continue reading

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Grouse

Spruce Grouse in Riley Township (2003)

Grouse Spruce Grouse The Spruce Grouse is found in mixed spruce and pine forests, such as this on the Appalachian Trail in Riley Township in western Maine. It roosts in trees and its almost tame behavior permitted a closer photo … Continue reading

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Gulf Hagas

Long view of Gulf Hagas with Forested Cliffs

and The Hermitage are both located in the Bowdoin College Grant East, T7 R10 NWP, an unorganized township east of Greenville and northwest of Brownville. The area is part of the Appalachian Trail corridor owned by the National Park Service. … Continue reading

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Kennebec River

East Outlet in Big Moose Township (2008)

Windows on the River: Moosehead to Popham The Kennebec flows from Moosehead Lake through the West Outlet and the East Outlet, both of which empty into Indian Pond. The water passes through the ten miles of Indian Pond to join … Continue reading

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Longley, Stephen J.

Steve Longley "Ferryman" (2007)

Stephen Joseph Longley (1957-2013), born in Lewiston, was known throughout the Appalachian Trail hiking community by his trail name, “The Ferryman,” for twenty years, from 1987 to 2007. He operated the Appalachian Trail Conference’s Kennebec River Ferry Service where the … Continue reading

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Madrid TWP

Location Map for Madrid

gave up its municipal status on July 1, 2000 since it was unable to sustain the expenses associated with being an organized town. The Appalachian Trail cuts through the northwest corner of the township, passing over The Horn, a mountain just northeast of Saddleback Mountain. Continue reading

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Millinocket

Location Map for Millinocket

The Great Northern Paper Mill and the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad have been keys to the economic life of Millinocket for many years. See photos. The declining employment in the paper industry contributed to the steady loss of population over the past forty years – 42%. Millinocket is the gateway to Baxter State Park and its famed Mount Katahdin. Continue reading

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Monson

Monson Birdseye View 1889

The Appalachian Trail runs along the northwestern portion of Lake Hebron, then veers north toward the Doughty Ponds. See photos. In Maine, “Monson” often means “slate” to those who know that its high quality products have been shipped worldwide. Continue reading

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Mount Abram TWP

Mt. Abram Township Topographic Map

The township is immediately south of Carrabassett Valley, host to the next northerly section of the Appalachian Trail. Mount Abram Township is dominated by Mount Abraham, with the AT passing through the northwest corner. This four mile section is inaccessible … Continue reading

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Mount Katahdin TWP

The Knife Edge and Beyond

After a trip of four to six months, depending on interests, style, and luck, the north-bound Appalachian Trail “thru hiker” finally arrives at Mount Katahdin’s summit in Mount Katahdin Township in Baxter State Park. Mid-October is the deadline for unrestricted … Continue reading

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Outdoor Recreation

Rafting near The Forks (2004)

in Maine is a matter of picking the freely available natural resources: streams and lakes for canoeing, nature preserves and mountains for hiking, rivers for rafting, forests and parks for camping, among the many non-motorized options. Not to mention hunting … Continue reading

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Oxford County

Map of Maine Counties and Baxter Park

is the seventh largest in population of the sixteen counties, located in western Maine along the New Hampshire border to the east and the Province of Quebec border to the north. The northern parts of York and Cumberland counties were … Continue reading

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Pierce Pond Township

An Appalachian Trail Hiker Savors the Colorful Fall View

[PEERCE POND] a township in Somerset County, is home to all but a small portion of Pierce Pond, all of Upper Pierce Pond, Grass Pond and half of Kilgore Pond, which it shares with Bowtown Township to the east. Pierce … Continue reading

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Rainbow Township

Rainbow Stream

The township, also known as T2 R11 WELS, is immediately adjacent to T2 R10 WELS, host to the next northerly section of the AT. Traveling south hikers encounter the three mile long Rainbow Lake that arches over the northeastern corner … Continue reading

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Redington Township

1956 Topographic Map of Redington Township

The township is northwest of Mount Abram Township, host to the next northerly section of the Appalachian Trail. Redington is remote from other communities.  Its interior is accessible only by traveling south off Route 16 in Coplin Plantation along secondary … Continue reading

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Riley TWP

Location Map for Riley Township

a township in Oxford County, just north of the town of Gilead on the border with New Hampshire. It is home to no lakes, few people, several mountains in the Mahoosuc Range, and the source of Sunday River. It is the entry point for the Appalachian Trail in Maine in a section of the state’s Public Reserved Land. From here it is 281.4 miles to go to reach the summit of Mount Katahdin. Continue reading

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Sandy River Plantation

Location Map for Sandy River Plantation

About 35 miles northwest of Farmington on Maine Route 4, just south of Rangeley, the community marks the source of the Sandy River in the Sandy River Ponds. See map, video and photos. Four Ponds Public Reserve Land lies just east of Mooselookmeguntic Lake. Access is by the Appalachian Trail off Route 4 in Sandy River. Continue reading

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September 25

Farm Stand in Westfield on U.S. Route 1 (September 2001)

September 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1815 John Chandler who served in Congress 1820-1823; 1823-1825; … Continue reading

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T1 R10 WELS

1952/1949 Topographic Map of T1 R10 WELS

The township is immediately adjacent to T1 R11 WELS, host to the next northerly section of the AT. Traveling south, hikers continue along the southern shore of Nahmakanta Stream and Pemadumcook Lake. The trail then turns south, skirting the eastern … Continue reading

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T1 R11 WELS

Detail of 1952 Jo-Mary Mountain, Quadrangle Topographic Map

The township is completely within a tract of Maine Public Reserve Land and lies immediately south of Rainbow Township, host to the next northerly section of the Appalachian Trail. Traveling south, hikers encounter Nesuntabunt Mountain and Nahmakanta Lake that reaches … Continue reading

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T2 R10 WELS

Mount Katahdin from the Golden Road East of Millinocket Lake

Three Routes This township, officially known as T2 R10 WELS, is the crossroad of two major “highways” in Maine: The Golden Road and the Appalachian Trail. Both travel the Abol Bridge over the West Branch of the Penobscot River. The … Continue reading

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T3 R10 WELS

Abol Bridge on the Golden Road

APPALACHIAN TRAIL – ABOL BRIDGE TO DAICEY POND Abol Bridge is located on the Golden Road over the West Branch of the Penobscot River in township T2 R10 WELS. A private campground and general store sits just outside the boundaries of … Continue reading

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T7 R9 NWP

Historic Topographic Map of T9 R9

This township is immediately south of the Bowdoin College Grant East, host to the next northerly section of the AT. The Trail (red dots on the maps) runs from East Chairback Pond, over Chairback Mountain, past West Chairback Pond to … Continue reading

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TA R10 WELS

AT South Boot Icon

This township is immediately adjacent to T1 R11 WELS, host to the next northerly section of the AT. The trail generally tracks east-west, except for a short northwest-southeast section between Mud Pond and Lower Jo-Mary Lake. It enters the township … Continue reading

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TA R11 WELS

1952 Topographic Map of TA R11 Township

The township is immediately west of TA R10 WELS, host to the next northerly section of the Appalachian Trail. Heading south, the AT follows Cooper Brook to Crawford Pond, the to the East Branch of the Pleasant River. Two AT … Continue reading

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TA R12 WELS

1952 TA R12 Topographic Map

The township is immediately adjacent to T1 R11 WELS, host to the next northerly section of the AT. The Appalachian Trail cuts briefly through the southeast corner of the township, also known as Shawtown. Shawtown is a very watery township, … Continue reading

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TB R11 WELS

A view from the ridges in TB R11 WELS 2007

The township is immediately southeast of TA R12 WELS, host to the next northerly section of the Appalachian Trail. The AT briefly (about two miles) passes through the northwest corner of the township as it ascends White Cap Mountain for … Continue reading

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Township C

Detail of 1940

This oddly shaped, trapezoidal township is immediately west of Township D, host to the next northerly section of the Appalachian Trail. The trail travels about one mile in the township’s southeast corner on the southwest slope of Old Blue Mountain. … Continue reading

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Township D

1940

This township is immediately west of Township E, host to the next northerly section of the AT. The Trail enters at the northeast corner of the township and proceeds westerly, then southwesterly along its western boundary. (See light green dots … Continue reading

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Township E

Location Map for TWP E in Franklin County

Township E is south of Sandy River Plantation, host to the next northerly section of the AT after Township D. (E Township is a different township in Aroostook County.) Township E, almost triangular in shape,  extends eight miles from Long … Continue reading

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Wyman Township

Trail head at Stratton Brook Pond

The Bigelow Public Reserve Land tract is located in Wyman Township, Bigelow Township, and Dead River Township in Franklin and Somerset counties. All three townships are contiguous and lie just south of Flagstaff Lake. East of Stratton in the town … Continue reading

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